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Do you know how to talk to your parents about estate planning?

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What is the purpose of a letter of intent?

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The importance of a business operating agreement

An operating agreement is essentially a contract between business members outlining how the business will be run. Having an operating agreement is not required for Pennsylvania businesses; however, having one is still strongly encouraged to avoid internal conflicts...

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Valerie Diaz Cruz
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  • Associate

Location:

Hazleton, PA

Phone:

Fax:

570-459-0729

Bio Overview

Valerie Diaz Cruz is a long-time resident of Hazleton, PA. She is a 2011 graduate of Hazleton Area High School and a 2014 graduate of Temple University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. While at Temple University, Valerie was invited to and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

In 2019, Valerie graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law and received a Juris Doctor. While earning her J.D., Valerie was a recipient of several scholarships (The Conwell Scholarship, The James Peter and Stella Liacouras Memorial Scholarship, and The Hispanic Bar Association Legal Education Fund Scholarship). She was a member as well as president of the Latin American Law Student Association. Valerie also worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of PA, served as a teaching assistant to the Honorable Juan R. Sánchez and the Honorable Mia R. Perez, and was as a Certified Legal Intern in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Valerie has worked in and is very familiar with the Luzerne County Judicial System. From October 2015 through August 2016 she worked for Honorable Joseph D. Zola. During the summer of 2017, Valerie served a judicial internship with the Honorable Tina P. Gartley and from May 2018 through August 2018 Valerie was a Certified Legal Intern in the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office.

Today, Valerie focuses her practice on Workers' Compensation Law, Personal Injury Law, Commercial Litigation, and Family Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2019

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 2015
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Criminal Justice
    • Minor: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Luzerne County Bar Association, Member, Present

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
Our Blog

Do you know how to talk to your parents about estate planning?

If you’re parents are getting older, then you might be worried about their health and overall wellbeing, as well as what will happen to their estate once they pass away. These are normal concerns. The scary reality, though, is that many people forego estate planning...

What is the purpose of a letter of intent?

Hazleton business owners considering a business deal such as a merger, acquisition or partnership may have heard of the term “letter of intent” and may wonder what it is, and if it is necessary or helpful. A letter of intent is a written agreement between two parties...

The importance of a business operating agreement

An operating agreement is essentially a contract between business members outlining how the business will be run. Having an operating agreement is not required for Pennsylvania businesses; however, having one is still strongly encouraged to avoid internal conflicts...

Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, PC
Toll Free : 800-582-6452
Phone : 570-861-5905
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